As you can imagine, spending a lot of time outside during the winter can take a toll on your dog’s paws. Not only is your furry friend exposed to snow and ice, but they are also exposed to toxic chemicals used to minimize ice and snow. Their paw pads are at risk for drying, cracking, frostbite, chemical burns and other trauma. Finding a balm that you like to keep your dog’s paws protected is the first step in your dog’s comfort and your peace of mind.
You can get a paw protectant balm online or at most local pet stores.
Preparing the Paws
Before you put the balm on your dog, make sure that the hair surrounding the pads is trimmed enough. If hair comes into contact with the ground, there is a chance that your dog will develop ice balls on and around their pads. It is also important that your dog’s nails are trimmed to keep their paws from splaying out and increasing the chance that snow and ice will get into their paw pads.
Once the paws are prepared, apply a thin layer of balm before the walk. After the walk is over, use a warm washcloth to get rid of excess snow and ice. You can also apply another layer of balm after the walk is over to help soothe the paws.
Another option for your dog is boots. They are available at most pet stores or online. Make sure they are secured onto the foot, but not so tight that they restrict movement. Get your dog used to the boots gradually, as most dogs won’t like having them on at first.
The winter can be a tough time for your dog, but when you take the proper precautions, it can be a season that they thoroughly enjoy.